Sunday, July 21, 2024

CHECKING AND RECORDING OF PULSE

Table of Contents

REQUIREMENTS #

  1. Pen
  2. Observation chart
  3. Breast watch or appropriate timer

STEPS #

  1. Establish rapport with the patient (Refer to steps)
  2. Explain procedure to patient (Refer to steps)
  3. Assist patient into an appropriate resting position
  4. Place first three fingers of one hand on the anterior aspect of patient forearm just above the base of the thumb
  5. Feel the pulsations of the radial artery
  6. With the aid of an appropriate timer count for a full minute
  7. Concentrate on the beats of the pulse when counting rather than the timer
  8. Note the rhythm, volume and tension of the pulse
  9. Record the pulse on the observation chart
  10. Perform hand hygiene
  11. Assist patient to return to a desirable position
  12. Discuss findings with patient and report any abnormalities detected to appropriate officer